Professor Glenn King
Professor Glenn King and his team at UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience have developed a drug candidate from funnel web spider venom that could save crucial time during stroke treatment, and save the lives of remote Australians. His studies have found a peptide (Hi1a) in spider’s venom protects brain cells after a stroke in pre-clinical trials. Glenn’s research has received a $250,000 grant to further testing before hopefully embarking on clinical trials. Nicknamed the ' Spider Man ' Professor King oversees one of the biggest collections of venom in the world. If the protein from the venom of the Fraser Island funnel web, known scientifically as Hadronyche infensa , made it to market, it would be the first drug to protect neurons after a stroke.